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'Detective' Review: Different Thriller

Posted November 17th, 2017, 03:44 PM IST

Reviews Movie Review : 'Detective'
Rating : 3.00
Banner : Vishal Film Factory
Cast : Vishal, Prasanna, Anu Emmanuel, Bhagyaraj, Vinay, Andrea Jeremiah and others
Music : Arrol Corelli
Producer : Vishal
Director : Mysskin
Released Date : Nov 10, 2017

Anyone who has seen “Sherlock Holmes” series will easily guess that Vishal’s latest “Detective” is based on that. Thankfully, the director Mysskin acknowledges as the credits roll. However, the movie is not exactly “Sherlock Holmes” series, though Vishal and Prasanna are exact copy of Holmes and Dr Watson.

The film’s story is about a gang of ruthless criminals that commit murders for money and creates an impression that the murders are natural or accidental deaths.

The gang is famous for not leaving any trace of murder --they do it with clinical precision to give an impression that the deaths are not killings. However, a small mistake in one case is spotted by the detective that sets off motion for many murders. This is the main plot.

Director Mysskin doesn’t come to the main plot immediately but reveals it in slow burning manner. In the opening scene, a death happens and suddenly he cuts the story to the introduction of detective and his eccentric behavior.

He refuses to take up cases even if someone offers Rs 50 lakhs, but agrees to find out a missing dog when a school boy offers him just Rs 800.

He also cuts to the story of how he meets a pickpocketer Mallika (Anu Emmanuel) then comes to the main thread of this gang that casually sits at dinner table while a corpse rots in their refrigerator. After this intriguing revelation, the plot thickens.

Many more killings happen, the cat and mouse game follows. The villain is ahead in the game. The tension is built in right manner but very slowly.

The director has heavily relied on different camera angles, clever deaths, action stunts. He doesn’t reveal much about the characters. The narration is slow but engaging enough.

Scenes like Andrea picking up a drink from the refrigerator in which a dead body is stored and the gang’s main guy butchering the dead body in bathroom and sipping his coffee in middle of this work are never seen in an Indian movie.

Even the action scenes are novel. A fight in Chinese restaurant (copied from a Hollywood movie) and a huge action episode in a mangrove forest make the stunts look different from regular movies.

However, despite all these positive elements and new set up, the movie doesn’t make you wonder-struck. It gives an unsatisfactory feel in the end as many sequences seem clever tricks than organic episodes.

On the other hand, the romantic (can it be called as such?) thread is awkward. The story of a pickpocketer played by Anu Emmanuel and Vishal’s is entirely unconvincing. His behavior with her is also odd. Also reports say the film is heavily inspired by international movies.

If you are game for a different kind of detective thriller, this will work for you. For others, it is just an okay watch. All in all, Vishal's 'Detective' has many merits and it is a different thriller.